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National Forest Teaching School English (2SBF)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The John Taylor SCITT
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
https://nationalforestteachingschool.co.uk/teach

Contents

About the course

Our Programme is essentially divided into 6 phases:

  • Phase 1: 7-day induction in the SCITT
  • Phase 2: Classroom Practice 1 in your home school.
  • Phase 3: Classroom Practice 2 in a contrasting setting. This will be a 9 week placement
  • Phase 4: Week in a special School.
  • Phase 5: Three day placement in a primary setting.
  • Phase 6: Classroom Practice 3 in your home school. In each Phase of Classroom Practice you will spend 4 days in school from Monday - Thursday. Every Friday is a training day at the training centre based at the John Taylor High School. In the morning all trainees undertake general professional studies training or work with a colleague from the University of Derby on PGCE assignments and in the afternoon split into subject groups.

Trainees on our English programme will benefit from small group subject knowledge development sessions where themes from the professional studies training will be looked at from the perspective of English. Our Subject Pedagogy Tutor is an outstanding Lead Teacher of English at John Taylor High School and has designed our English programme to give you all the skills and subject knowledge to meet the demands of an ever evolving educational landscape. You will acquire strategies to promote pupils’ learning in both English Language and English Literature and enjoy collaborative opportunities to develop your own subject knowledge and pedagogy. The environment in which you will work is extremely supportive. If you are passionate about English, keen to share your enthusiasm with young people and develop your own subject knowledge we would welcome your application for our English SCITT programme.

School and subject based tasks support face to face training sessions and you will have the opportunity to share experiences with other during reflect and review sessions on training days.

There will be 3 main assessment points throughout the year and by the end of the year you will need to demonstrate and evidence that you have fully met each of the eight Standards for Qualified Teacher Status as well as Part 2 of The Standards. A Teaching Standards and Subject Knowledge viva at the end of the programme will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate how you have developed your English subject knowledge over the course of the year.

School placements

The National Forest Teaching School Alliance is an alliance of 14 secondary schools, 17 primary schools and 3 special schools across our local area. No school is more that 30 minutes travelling time from John Taylor High School . When assigning you to a school we will give consideration to a school’s competence and capacity in your subject area, plan for two contrasting placements and look at where you live. Our programme is an 11-16 programme with post 16 enhancement and so you will have to teach across KS3 and 4 and according to your aspirations and confidence acquire Post 16 experience as well. We strongly encourage all our partners to provide a KS5 teaching experience for our trainees, as we believe that this enhances employability which is extremely important to us.

Your Home School, where you start and end your training, will oversee the whole of your training year and communication between your home School and second placement mentor is very important to us to ensure a smooth transition between the phases. To that end both mentors will be involved in your end of phase 1 and 2 assessments and transition information shared.

Prior to returning to your home school for your final phase of training you will spend 3 days in a primary setting in order to develop your understanding of what pupils have learnt and what they can do when they arrive at their secondary school to continue their educational journey. You will look at how your subject is taught in the primary school in order that you are aware of their existing skills and can plan to build on them effectively.

After completing you second placement in the spring term you will spend a week in a special school to deepen your understanding of the barriers to learning that some pupils experience and different strategies deployed by special schools to help pupils overcome them. We work with a number of different types of special schools and a Pupil Referral Unit who all support us with this component of our training.

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
King Edward VI School, Lichfield
Upper St John’s Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS14 9EE
Yes
Kingsmead School
Kings Avenue, Hednesford, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS12 1DH
Yes
Main Site
John Taylor High School, Dunstall Road, Barton-under-Needwood, Burton-on-Trent, DE13 8AZ
Yes
The Pingle Academy
Coronation Street, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 0QA
Yes

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

All applicants are required to hold a UK undergraduate degree or a recognised equivalent qualification with a minimum degree classification of 2.2.

The degree must be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject. GCSE grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics is a requirement of the programme. Applications are particularly welcome from applicants who have studied A levels and have an additional subject at A Level that could be developed over the course of the year. Being able to offer an additional subject at KS3 will support employability.

Personal qualities

To be successful on our programme, you need to have excellent subject knowledge and be highly motivated, with a real passion for teaching and your subject. You should be able to demonstrate a good understanding of what it means to be a teacher, ideally through school experience and be able to evidence resilience and good organisational skills. It is important that you can work effectively as part of a team, are a good listener and receptive to constructive criticism

Other requirements

  • An Enhanced DBS check and related safeguarding checks will be carried out no more than three months in advance of the course start date.
  • All applicants will be subject to medical clearance checks.
  • Upon interview we will review your GCSE and Degree certificates.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

John Taylor High School, based in the charming Staffordshire village of Barton under Needwood, is an Outstanding school (Ofsted 2014) and the lead school for the National Forest Teaching School Alliance. All our programmes are accredited by the John Taylor SCITT. We currently work with 14 secondary schools, 17 primaries and 3 special schools. Most of our partner schools are located north of Birmingham, predominantly in Staffordshire and South Derbyshire. We are well located, being less than 5 minutes from the A38. A bespoke training centre, on the John Taylor High School site, is the main training venue for all Professional Studies and Subject Development training

As a teaching school we aspire to train and recruit the very best teachers to our local area and beyond and regard the ITE year as stage one of our teacher recruitment and development process. For trainees who secure employment locally within the alliance, we offer access to a programme of tailored professional development: Our Newly Qualified Teacher and NQT+1 programmes, build seamlessly on our ITE programmes and ensure that as an NQT and second year teacher you continue to be supported and developed. Talent management and succession planning are high on our agenda and our CPD and training opportunities reflect this, with opportunities for aspirant middle leaders and senior leaders to engage in tailored programmes to support the career progression of good teachers.click here to view our website

Interview process

If your application meets the requirements of the programme you will be invited to attend an interview either remotely via an online interview or in person at John Taylor High School training centre, where you will be interviewed by a panel consisting of representatives of the SCITT Team, a representative from a partner school or a subject specialist. Prior to interview we will ask you to complete a subject knowledge audit and undertake a small amount of research in preparation for the interview. On the interview day we will ask you to:

  • complete a literacy and numeracy test
  • deliver a five minute presentation
  • plan a short teaching activity for a small group of KS3 pupils. In this activity we are only looking to assess your ability to breakdown a concept to enable children to learn, your presence and professionalism and your ability to interact with pupils.
  • have a personal interview in which we will explore your reasons for wanting to become a teacher, your understanding of what it means to be a teacher and what constitutes outstanding teaching and learning.

There will a be an information session prior to the formal interview when we go through the programme with you in detail and provide an informal opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have about our programme.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The National Forest Teaching School welcomes applications from people with disabilities. John Taylor High School, the lead school, has full access and facilities for people with disabilities.

Contact this training provider

Email
l.axten@jths.co.uk
Telephone
01283247813
Website
https://nationalforestteachingschool.co.uk/teach
Address
John Taylor High School
Dunstall Road, Barton under Needwood
Burton on Trent
Staffordshire
DE13 8AZ

Support and advice

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